August, 2006

Volume 4, Issue 8


Learn More about Today’s Trends in Employee Benefit Packages
What are today’s trends in benefit packages?  What is a wellness initiative?  What does it mean to address consumer driven healthcare benefits?  What have other local organizations offered their employees?  What might it cost?  The Regional Employer Support Network (RESN) is excited to have Janis Koltun, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist, as the August presenter.  Janis will answer all these questions and so much more. 

Janis Koltun has more than 20 years experience in a broad range of employee benefits responsibilities.  Prior to becoming a consultant in 2002, Janis held employee benefit management positions in companies ranging from 3400 employees to 30,000 across several industries.  In addition, she is a licensed insurance broker in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. 

Join RESN and Janis Koltun on Thursday, August 3 from 9am to 11am at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Avenue North, Suite 4.  This presentation is free and open to all who are responsible for human resources responsibilities in the organization.More information about RESN and the full schedule are online.

Natural Resources Consortium Hosts, “The History of Indian Forest Management in Minnesota”
Presenting will be Robert Lintelmann, agency forester for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minnesota Agency, Branch of Forestry, with offices in Bemidji.  He plans to provide a brief history of Indian forest management in Minnesota including a description of some of the major congressional acts that influenced Indian forest management in the past century. Lintelmann will also describe the basic organizational structure, mission and current function of the BIA and its current natural resource management programs and describe some of the unique complexities and challenges that tribal and BIA resource managers face today.

The information being presented is designed for anyone who would like a better understanding of both the past and current role of the federal government in the management of Indian owned forestlands, said Lintelmann. The presentation will be at 3pm on Monday, August 21 at the Center for Research and Innovation.  More information about this presentation and future events is available online.

Human Resources Law Updates
The Regional Employer Support Network is proud to host this session intended to inform professionals dealing with human resources issues on the latest updates to laws affecting their work.  Presenting is Barbara Sanders who holds a law degree and is a certified Life Coach through the Department of Education.  Please mark your calendar on Thursday, September 7 from 9am to 12noon to join us at the Center for Research and Innovation.  The registration fee is $50 and covers all materials and refreshments.  Registration form is online.  Register early to ensure space is available. 

Online Professional Development Certificate in Human Resources
The Center for Research and Innovation will offer their on-line professional development non-credit certificate in Human Resources Management beginning Monday, September 11. The 12-week course is designed for professionals who are new to the human resources field or human resources assistants and staff who provide technical or administrative support. The interactive design of the program will help participants build a network of resources and people that will last long after the course is completed. Additional information and registration is available online.

Real Estate Sales Pre-Licensure Courses Offered
Real Estate is a dynamic industry that offers flexible job opportunities for energetic individuals with good people skills.  To become a licensed real estate person in Minnesota, you must complete 90 hours of pre-licensure training – Real Estate I, II and III.  You must also successfully pass the Real Estate Licensure exam.  After completing 90 hours of classroom instruction and passing the exam, you can apply for the Real Estate Salesperson License with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. 

Courses will be delivered via ITV on the campus of Bemidji State University.  Click here for more information , full schedule and registration.

Wireless Computer Lab Available at CRI
The Center for Research and Innovation now offers computer lab rental.  The new laptops all feature wireless access to high-speed Internet.  There are 14 laptops plus one instructor computer with projector and printer.  Whether your organization has the instructor and needs to rent a computer lab, or you have a group of people who want to learn a particular program and need the computers and instructor, contact CRI at 218 755 4900 / 888 738 3224 or email


The Center for Research and Innovation along with the NW Minnesota Regional Small Business Development Center provide a full range of business and career services. The Minnesota Small Business Development Center program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employee and Economic Development, and sponsoring centers. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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